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Welcome to the Kolty Chess Club! We invite people of all ages and skill levels for instruction, social play, or tournament level competitions – formal and informal.

For those of you familiar with the Kolty Chess Club and are just wanting to RSVP for a tournament, please go to our online RSVP Form.

We meet most every Thursday. View our schedule for specific dates & times. Lectures/lessons are presented by an instructor from 7:15pm - 7:45pm. Tournaments run from 7:45pm-11:45pm. We also offer Open Play from 8pm - 12pm on tournament days.


Campbell United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall
1675 Winchester Boulevard
Campbell, CA 95008-1004
(Note: There is no religious affiliation nor association with the church)

Download Map & Directions (PDF)


  • Tournaments: (USCF Rated) Tournaments are usually 5 or 6 rounds. The Club offers ongoing USCF rated tournaments with people of ratings from beginner to expert.

  • Skittles: Chess for fun – there are usually 10-15 people with which to play for fun, un-timed and/or 5 minute blitz chess.

  • Special Events: Simul exhibition matches are usually available at least once a year from a master.

The club has ample chess sets, boards, and clocks which are available for anyone to use.

Tournament Cost:
USCF membership is required in order to play in the USCF rated tournament. USCF membership information is available at:

Learn more about the United States Chess Federation (USCF) at:
and more about buying books, chess stuff, and ordering memberships at:

In addition, players must either pay for an individual tournament or be a member for the entire year. Membership is tax deducible.


Annual membership fee in The Foundation of Family Values (FOFV) could save you $189 or more per year in the Kolty Chess Club!

Annual FOFV Adult Membership: $60
Participation in all Tournaments per yr., members: $140
Total for members: $200
compared to...
Total for non-members (all Tournaments per yr.): $390

Junior players (15 years of age and under) and Senior players (65 years of age and older) who are members, get additional discounts on membership and tournament fees. See our easy-reference price chart below for more information:

  Adults Jr. (15 & younger) Sr. (65 & older)
Annual FOFV Membership Fee $60 $55 $55
Tournament Fee (Members) All $140 $135 $135
Tournament Fee (Non-Members) All $384 $384 $384


  • Memberships and pre-paid yearly tournament fees cover the calendar year. If you join after January, your fees will be prorated based on the month you join and/or pay, rounded up to the nearest dollar.
  • When renewing your membership or paying your annual fees, please pay at the beginning of each January.
  • The average Tournament is 5 rounds, but some can be 7 or 8.
  • Only USCF members can play in USCF Tournaments. To become a USCF member, go to:
  • Annual membership fees also entitle the member to discounts on other FOFV services.

Non-Tournament Costs
We respectively ask that non tournament players using the facility make a donation. Fees and donations are used to help defray the cost of renting the community center and purchasing supplies.

General Information
Normally a tournament will be a Swiss system with players grouped into 2, 3, or 4 groups by rating. Byes are available for any round if made in advance. Pairings are created on Wednesday evenings. Please notify us by Wednesday if you are unable to attend. Contacting us prior to the event is helpful.

To JOIN the Kolty Chess Club, go to the Registration Form.

To RSVP or request a BYE by the Wednesday before an upcoming round, go to the RSVP page.

To see upcoming dates & times, go to the schedule page

Vist the Kolty Chess Club History page if you'd like to know the story of how we began and a little about the Who's Who of our Club.

Visit an external site which features the games played by George Koltanowski.


Click on the images below to be directed to a site to purchase the items:

Kolty Mug Kolty Shirt

chess puzzle Kolty Chess Puzzle 1

Koltanowski vs Wilhelm Schoenmann, The Hague, 1928: White to move. Mate in 5.

Bf6+ Nxf6 exf6+ Kh8 Qh6 Rg8 Ng5 Nd8 Qxh7#

chess puzzle Kolty Chess Puzzle 2

Ruslan Ponomariov vs Sergey Karjakin, Wijk aan Zee, 2007: White to move. Mate in 7.

Qc6+ if Kxe7 Re1+ Kf7 Qc3#

updated 1/6/16

The Kolty Chess Club has 60 Active Members. Join us on Thursday evenings for great family fun!